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Date Posted: 08:14:31 11/07/15 Sat
I have been on the Board of Miss Arlington since its beginning. One of the reasons I have stayed involved for many years is the relationship with these amazing brught ladies. They've added so much joy and love to my life and continue to do so to this day. Even contestants who were never Miss Arlington like Katie Uze, Lauren Collier, Maddie Van Dyne, Hannah Kiefer to name a few. One thing that all these young woman have in common is class, grace and dignity that is somehow lost on many "supporter" of the MVO/MAO. If you know about this board and are here, you must consider yourself a supporter. So you must also know that there isn't any rhyme or reason to the success or lack of success at the Miss America Pageant. It's a subjective judging system by 7 people who have zero knowledge of any of the 53 ladies competing or what the system really is all about. With that said, I've also known 10 contestants very well in the last 10 years to compete at Miss America. I'm never surprised by success or lack there of because it never makes sense. Desiree is and continues to be one of the most beautiful, sweet loving contestant and friend I've ever been associated with. I'm proud to know her and I love her with all my heart. I feel the same way about all of our formers. Paige Yurachek, Lisa Melton, Marianne Minton, Courtney Patterson, Adrianna Sgarlata, Leigh Taylor Smith, Tara Wheeler, Caressa Cameron, Lindsay Morris, Elizabeth Crot, Courtnet Garrett, Desiree Williams, Briana Hanifan and Courtney Jamison. Every one of these ladies would've been great Miss Virginia's and Miss Americ's in my opinion some realized those dreams and some did not. But they are ALL special in there own unique way and continue to do so.
Take a cue from these wonderful young ladies and rise above the negative bashing. Desiree is not the first (or the last) Miss VA to compete and win the VA USA title. Many contestants are actually competing in both systems at the same time now to maximize prize winnings.
I'm sure this will fail to make a difference with some out there and I'm sure it will illicit some snarky comments by anonymous named people. I'll light a candle for you in advance. God bless all of these shining ladies and continue to give them the strength to rise higher than the people who post here.
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